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Ideas and actors in policy processes: where is the interaction?
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2015 (English)In: Policy Studies, ISSN 0144-2872, E-ISSN 1470-1006, Vol. 36, no 5, 451-467 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Several influential frameworks in the field of policy analysis explicitly acknowledge that the role of ideas is as important as the role of actors in analyzing and understanding policy and policy change. An issue of principal interest in this body of literature concerns the interaction between ideas and actors. This article argues that, regardless of important contributions from previous research, the literature can be enriched by new analytical tools that further our understanding of the complex interplay between ideas and actors in policy-making. The article outlines a dynamic approach to policy analysis, which has proven fruitful in producing high quality empirical research in a Swedish case of policy on prostitution. Three new analytical dimensions are specified and operationalized: (1) the political institutionalization of frames, analyzing how the influence and content of ideas change over space and time in policy-making; (2) the mechanisms of institutionalization and assignment of jurisdiction through which ideas become part of the political context and work restricting and enabling for actors; and (3) risk-taking and limitation as unintended consequences of actors' involvement and strategic action in the construction of meaning.

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2015. Vol. 36, no 5, 451-467 p.
Keyword [en]
Policy analysis, frame analysis, dynamic, interaction, theories of the policy process, ideas, actors
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Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-267339DOI: 10.1080/01442872.2015.1091067ISI: 000363313100001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-267339DiVA: diva2:873606
Available from: 2015-11-24 Created: 2015-11-20 Last updated: 2015-11-24Bibliographically approved

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